Thursday, August 29, 2013

Putting the Fort Hood Trial to Rest

Related: Hurrying Along the Fort Hood Trial

Also see:

Fort Hood gunman sentenced to death
Hasan opts against mounting a defense at hearing
Fort Hood survivors, families recount losses

"Fort Hood shooter found guilty of all counts; Verdict announced after about 7 hours; now faces possible death sentence" by Manny Fernandez |  New York Times, August 24, 2013

KILLEEN, Texas — A military jury on Friday found Major Nidal Malik Hasan guilty of carrying out the largest mass murder at a military installation in US history.

The verdict, delivered by 13 senior Army officers, came 17 days after Hasan’s court-martial began on Aug. 6, and nearly four years after the day Hasan killed and wounded dozens of unarmed soldiers at a medical deployment center at Fort Hood.

Hasan, a psychiatrist who turned on the very soldiers he devoted much of his 15-year military career to helping, sat in a wheelchair in combat fatigues, an American flag patch on his upper right sleeve. Inside a Fort Hood courtroom filled with soldiers, military police, and the relatives of those he killed, but none of his own family members, he had no reaction when the verdict was announced....

His trial has also become one of the most expensive cases in military history, costing the government more than $5 million, including $8,000 a month to rent a trailer near the courthouse where Hasan could work on his case with access to a computer, printer, and law books.

The Army has paid Bell County more than $584,000 since 2010 to incarcerate, feed, and provide security and medical services for Hasan at its jail in Belton, Texas.

The evidence against Hasan was overwhelming....

So says the lying, agenda-pushing, war-promoting, Muslim-hating, Zionist-controlled media.



"Army prosecutors did not have to prove that Hasan was a homegrown terrorist. He has been charged with murder and attempted murder. They could have incorporated federal terrorism charges into the case, just as the court-martial of Private First Class Bradley Manning included charges that he violated the federal Espionage Act of 1917 for releasing military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks. But Army prosecutors declined to include terrorism charges."

Because that would have meant higher pay-outs to the families of victims.

"Fort Hood gunman e-mailed supervisors; Hasan can start defense today" by Manny Fernandez |  New York Times, August 21, 2013

KILLEEN, Texas — Days before he opened fire at Fort Hood in 2009, Major Nidal Malik Hasan sent two e-mails to his Army superiors expressing concern about the actions of some soldiers he was evaluating as a military psychiatrist.

In the e-mails, one sent 13 days before the attack and the second three days prior, Hasan asked his supervisors and Army legal advisers how to handle three cases that disturbed him. In one case, a soldier reported to him that US troops had poured 50 gallons of fuel into the Iraqi water supply as revenge; the second case involved a soldier who told him about a mercy killing of a severely injured insurgent by medics; and in the third, a soldier spoke of killing an Iraqi woman because he was following orders to shoot anything that approached a specific site.

The Army never fully investigated his concerns....

The e-mails were released to The New York Times at Hasan’s request through his civilian lawyer, John P. Galligan. They were among several missed opportunities for the Army to investigate Hasan’s troubled state of mind and bizarre behavior.

His troubled state of mind and bizarre behavior? What about what he reported that was ignored?

Earlier, Hasan had publicly embraced violent Islamic extremism and justified suicide bombings and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

So we are told by a lying government and its mouthpiece media.

In 2007, when Hasan was a resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, an academic presentation he made that was required for graduation stated that a risk of having Muslim-Americans in the military was the possibility that they would kill their fellow troops.

He had also asked a supervisor at Walter Reed whether he qualified for conscientious objector status, told classmates during a fellowship that his religion took precedence over the Constitution, and in an academic paper defended Osama bin Laden.

Hasan’s radical beliefs and his correspondence with his superiors have played a limited role in his military trial.

Prosecutors did want to use several pieces of evidence that showed his ideology.

But on Monday the judge prohibited them from presenting that evidence to the jury. The judge, Colonel Tara A. Osborn, said in her ruling that much of the “motive evidence” was too removed in time.


On Tuesday, after calling nearly 90 witnesses in 11 days and presenting an overwhelming amount of evidence, the prosecution rested. The judge told Hasan that he could present his defense Wednesday, though it remained unclear if he would make any case.



"The judge will allow evidence about Internet searches on Hasan’s computer around the time of the attack and websites that Hasan had listed as ‘‘favorites.’’ 

Also seeProsecutors probe motive in Fort Hood trial 

But Hassan can't offer his defense?

"Defendant in Fort Hood shooting rests his case" by Manny Fernandez |  New York Times, August 22, 2013

KILLEEN, Texas — “I think Hasan realized early on that once his distorted theory of defense was rejected, he had nothing to present or offer,” said Geoffrey S. Corn, a former Army prosecutor who is a professor at the South Texas College of Law in Houston. “I also think that he may be trying to manifest his disdain for both the Army and the military justice system, not in a belligerent manner, but by functionally boycotting the process.”

On Wednesday, the judge told the jury to return Thursday, when it will hear closing arguments and be given instructions on the charges before deliberation. The central question has not been whether the jury will find him guilty but whether it will unanimously vote for the death penalty....

It's what we call a kangaroo court.